Dave Graham: Memory is Parallax (V14) First Ascent

posted by dpm on 01/02/2012


Dave Graham has finished off his project to establish Memory is Parallax (V14).  The problem is located at ‘Elkland’ near (or in?) Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.  Dave commented on his 27crags ticklist, “Took me a considerable amount of effort in between a couple voyages, and had to stick to it in some gnarly conditions. Amazing climbing with drop knees, smears, and small crimps. Looks kinda like Stained Glass, but its much bigger! SYKED!!!”  


It’s been more than a decade now since Dave first started establishing hard boulder problems in RMNP and other, more obscure, locations along Colorado’s front range.  Classic hard problems in the Park like Nuthin’ but Sunshine (V13 FA 2000) can be attributed to Dave’s vision.  He can also be credited for the ‘rediscovery’ and subsequent popularity of the boulders around Mt. Evans’ Lincoln Lake over the past few years.  Dave’s exploration in the Colorado mountains hasn’t slowed over the past decade with recent ascents like this one in Elkland and last October’s ascent of The Ice Knife (V15) at Guanella Pass.  This was Dave’s fourteenth V13 or harder first ascent along the front range, not to mention the almost uncountable number of less difficult problems.

Dave Graham on Memory is Parallax (V14).  Photo: BearCamMedia/27crags.com